23rd October 2011

Four games. Four heavy defeats.

Players falling short of acceptable standards. Batting technique against spin exposed. Bowler’s lack of penetration on sub-continental pitches punished. Fielding inept. Discipline poor. Behaviour questionable. Squad morale fractious.

There’s no escaping the fact this tour has been a bitter pill to swallow. One from which lessons need to be learnt. Coaching methods overhauled. Training re-examined. Facilities modernised.

Yes, there needs to be some hard questions asked within grass roots South African cricket if these are the best players they can produce…